UPDATE: Enhanced 2016 Nissan LEAF To Launch Nationwide In September

AUG 18 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 41

This morning, Nissan USA posted its “The 2016 Nissan lineup: Charting the changes press release.

In the lengthy release we find a few mentions of the 2016 LEAF.

Yet To Be Officially Announced, But Here Is The 2016 Nissan LEAF Color Palette

Yet To Be Officially Announced, But Here Is The 2016 Nissan LEAF Color Palette

2016 Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF continues as the best-selling 100-percent electric vehicle in the world. LEAF’s popularity continues to grow as a mix of new and returning customers seek its quiet, fun and sustainable driving experience. Nissan LEAF buyers are also discovering its value as a primary everyday vehicle – with High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) access (check local regulations) and range more than twice the average driver’s daily need*.

More than 80,000 LEAFs have been sold in the U.S. alone (through mid-2015 calendar year).

Enhancements for 2016 will be announced closer to its mid-September on-sale date.

In the summary section, Nissan states:

Summary: Details on the 2016 LEAF will be available closer to its arrival at Nissan dealers nationwide in mid-September.

*UPDATE (10:40am): Nissan has quickly edited its press release to remove any mention of September in regards to the launch of the 2016 LEAF.  The text now reads as follows:

“Enhancements for 2016 will be announced later this year.”

And in the summary section we now see this:

“Summary: Details on the 2016 LEAF will be available later in the year.”

We suspect that Nissan has removed the September reference so as to not negatively impact sales of the 2015 LEAF, as it is also careful to not mention the larger battery.

So, the arrival of the 2016 LEAF is likely less than one month away. Those enhancements that Nissan is not willing to discuss at the moment include an available 30 kWh battery that takes range up to an estimated 110 miles, as well as some exterior color changes and other small differences from the outgoing 2015 LEAF.

2016 LEAF Ordering Form

2016 LEAF Ordering Form

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Does this mean the upper models will actually be slower because of the extra weight of the bigger battery? Come on Nissan…how about a motor upgrade for higher models also?

Who said anything about a heavier battery?

I bet they will be the same weight but will with next-gen battery.

Agree. I predict that the weight will be the same and the prices of the SV and SL models will be unchanged. The SV and the SL have not sold as well as the S model and the increased range will provide a much needed boost.

The 30 KWh battery is 25% increased in relation to the 24 Kwh. But the range is increased 31% from 84 to 110 miles.

So maybe the 30 Kwh is NMC instead of LMO chemistry and is lighter than the 24 Kwh battery…

Another thing, if the battery is NMC it means that AESC has improved their batteries, or maybe the 30 Kwh battery is built from LG Chem cells.

It may also be improvement in motor/inverter (like in the last generation Renaul Zoe) that accounts for the extra range on top of the increased battery size.

A new battery chemistry might also extend it’s usable range, allowing us to charge closer to 100% of real capacity and/or discharge closer to 0% of real capacity.

I would be surprised if they go to an NMC chemistry. NMC is like playing with fire in an automotive application. Sure, much more energy density, but the chemistry is a lot less stable than a phosphate chemistry.

Just my opinion though… not a systems engineer.

To the best of my knowledge, the Leaf does not and never has used phosphates. As to whether the LMO they have used is more stable than NMC, I don’t know. I don’t think it’s a major issue.

I believe that I read that Elon was considering NMC for their stationary application.

It should be noted that Tesla uses different chemistries for car and stationary batteries. This is because different chemistries give different characteristics for their respective application. The stationary battery would make an awful car battery and vice verse. The latets chemistries for car usage use silicon in the anode, somethings which, for the ones who knows a bit of batteries is quite revolutionary.

Dream on (for now). No silicon anode is practical in consumer service yet, certainly not in car applications (vs., say, phones).

NMC is completely safe, you’re thinking of LCO that Tesla used in Roadster and NCA that Tesla uses now in Model S. LCO and NCA chemistries have the most energy dense cells, but aren’t very safe.

However Tesla did a great job making them as safe as possible by isolating groups of cells so if one group catch fire doesn’t spread to others.

Kia Soul EV, BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf and e-UP, Renault Zoe and many others have NMC cells. In my opinion is the best chemistry right now. And LG Chem is the best maker.

http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/explaining_lithium_ion_chemistries

You know, now that you mention that… I’ll have to ask one of my old co-workers what chemistries we had “events” with at the plant. I cannot say what I am referring to… But it is the opposite of implosion. I wish I could tell you. It is amazing to see the aftermath of a 45 Ah cell dissipate all of its energy in milliseconds. I can say that the aftermath is insanely expensive to cleanup and repair…

Alex_Leaf_S said:

“I bet they will be the same weight but will with next-gen battery.”

That seems likely. At least, someone reported that the cavity in the car for the battery pack isn’t any larger.

That’s not really surprising. The Leaf was first sold at the end of 2010, so there is a significant amount of shrinkage of the needed volume from 4-1/2 years of improvements, due to increased battery cell energy density.

I don’t expect LEAF weight to change significantly for 2016 MY, as changes in gross weight effect carrying capacity. Also, significant changes in weight could require new crash tests be preformed.

FYI: the 2013+ models are ~50-75 lbs lighter than 2011/12 models due to a number of minor changes.

They were lighter. The car had removed weight in the drivetrain, but then eliminated aluminum doors, etc.

They were NOT lighter by any measurable amount (maybe even heavier with larger wheels / tires).

The telecom modules I used to assemble for Saft were about 30kg a piece. They were the Evolion modules and the version I assembled at the time were 4.1 kWh if I remember correctly. Here is the link for the module
http://www.saftbatteries.com/battery-search/evolion%C2%AE

Anyways, The cells are cylindrical and aluminium. I would think if nissan just added additional modules to get to the desired capacity it would add minimal weight.

I was about to list what I thought they would need… but I just realized they existing pack has been certified and assume any changes would have to be certified….

Anyone in automotive manufacturing want to chime in?

My limited educated guess would be no more than 50 extra kg (110lbs).

Anyone else have thoughts?

The new leaf has a CVT?

Sorry No CVT Bill, that listing is a known bug in the Nissan ordering/display system

The consensus speculation is that the price of the 2016 SV and SL will be largely unchanged but with the better battery. If so the remaining 2015s will then have huge discounts ….

The 2015 are discounted, I picked one up a few days ago for 9K off MRSP.

What would be cool is if the 30killwat battery is a made up story by Nissan to cover up the 40 kilowatt or 50 kilowatt battery that is really going to come out soon.

I think it is a made up story designed to sell more 2015s. The real story is that the S trim gets usable 24 kWh battery and 110 mile range.

Well, it isn’t very effective because it is likely hurting sales of 2015 models because people want to wait for the larger battery.

The large IAA expo starting in mid-September is maybe a good date to introduce the 2016 LEAF in Europe:

http://www.iaa.de/en/tickets/dates/

I didn’t see the press release saying mid September. It says later this year.

Did they change it?

Yes, they quietly (and quickly) have re-wrote it since our story went out.

It looks like a case of a pre-written press blast went out on all the cars with a little too much info disclosed on the LEAF (one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing) – or at least info that Nissan was saving for the soon-to-arrive “big LEAF announcement“…that most of us EV-savvy persons already know, (=

electric-car-insider.com

Until the 110 mile EPA range is confirmed, it’s likely that the 30kWh range will be 105. Unless as Knut speculates, Nissan managed to wring another 5% range out of motor/inverter improvements, tires, aero mods or a combination of those.

24,000 / 84 = 285.71 (watts per mile)

6,000 / 285.71 = 21 miles

84 current range + 21 added range = 105 total range

This article and the posts, point out how important range really is in an EV. No matter the Nissan media PR campaign to sell the idea of “more range is not needed.” Nissan stole the march on the other companies when it launched the Leaf; but, hasn’t responded to the cries for improving mileage along the way, for whatever reason. The result; the others have caught up and Nissan will now be an “also ran” instead of the out front leader. Step aside Nissan. Tesla is hungry and will be eating your lunch down the line.

Well, I know the reason. The chemistry wasn’t ready.

Does anybody know anything about a new battery for the e-EVALIA? Or do I soon have to choose between either more range or more space? (I’m almost at the end of my 2012 LEAF lease contact)

Price? Price is the key here.

Jay,

I still have the original press release open in one of my Chrome tabs, so if you need a screenshot/PDF, let me know.

Thanks Dan,

It can never heard to have too much info on hand, (= If you do screen-cap it, just shoot the JPEG over to insideevs@gmail.com

/thank you sir

I am interested in selling numbers from BMW and VW when 30 kWh battery arrives…

The 30kWh battery does not improve the appearance of the Leaf. That is the main reason I got the e-Golf – I couldn’t stand the appearance of the Leaf. I am in a strange situation where my second EV is actually the “short range car”. My RAV4 EV is my 100+ mile car and it will soon have CHAdeMO, putting the nail in any residual desire for any other EV short of a real Tesla.

@Mike I
I really like the e-Golf. With any luck they will match the range of the 30kW Leaf and disable the auto-locking charge handle–that feature would disallow me from charging at work.

The Nissan dealer left a message today, wanting to discuss the disposition of my 12 Leaf. The lease ends 9/29.

I think I have some bargaining power, but I may just walk away and save my pennies for another day.

30kWh battery sounds awesome… will definitely bridge gap to next round of EV intros. Hopefully denser battery is also lighter. Also looking forward to U.S. e-NV200 intro now that 2016 model on way.

It is perhaps understandable that Nissan doesn’t want to spend money on a TV ad devoted solely to the Leaf, but why is the Leaf not included in the currently running ad devoted to several of the Nissan models (the one where they are running side by side)? The same could be said of the Volt and the Chevy ads.

I don’t get it.